Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services and Social Work Concentration


Absence is a normal part of childhood for kids going to school because sometimes life happens. Kids get sick, have family emergencies, the family might have to move, or lack consistent transportation to get to school. The Early Learning Program (ELP) is a non-profit organization that provides education for preschool aged children and focuses on making preschool easily accessible, primarily for low-income families. It is not uncommon for some families to take advantage of the ELP by not prioritizing taking their kids to school and getting them there on time. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the lives of so many, especially those of low income status, many parents were forced to remove their children from school. This project focuses on why children are absent from school and how the novel coronavirus pandemic has affected the choices of sending their children to school. A survey was administered, and the data collected will aid in deciding how the ELP will move forward with how to recruit students and assure parents of their childrens’ safety. After 87 responses, the data revealed that all the parents were satisfied with ELP services and are pleased with the COVID-19 safety measures. Going forward, the ELP will have to find ways to satisfy English and Spanish speaking families on whether to have an extended break or extended remote learning services.